Community Based Research Analyst Senior

  • Multnomah County Dept. of Community Justice
  • 1401 NE 68th Ave Portland, OR 97213
  • Feb 20, 2024
Full time Government Research

Job Description

The Opportunity:

  • Are you an experienced research analyst with exceptional skills in culturally responsive, community based participatory research, data reporting, and quality assurance? 

  • Are you experienced with applying understanding of cultures, customs, and social experiences of communities experiencing marginalization and barriers to opportunity?

  • Are you looking for a career where your attention to detail, strong data analysis skills, and knowledge of research ethics and best practices will contribute to improving the outcomes of people under supervision in our community?

  • Do you have experience applying understanding of trauma-informed practices that actively resist traumatization/retraumatization of individuals and communities to research and program evaluation activities?

  • Most importantly, do you thrive on working in an applied research setting with an interdisciplinary team where your analyses can directly impact programs and policies for communities of color?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, please read on!

The Community Based Research Evaluation Analyst Senior supports the Department of Community Justice (DCJ) with application of community-based methodologies and racial equity to collaboratively lead the design and implementation of research, program evaluations, and community engagement processes that responsibly seeks and prioritizes the voice of service recipients and the community, especially Black, Indigenous, Latine, Asian/American and Communities of Color.

Based on stakeholder driven input and findings, this position will recommend programmatic and administrative changes to help DCJ achieve greater equity in service administration, experiences, and outcomes. Is will also develop and implement new approaches and standards for culturally appropriate and equitable research, evaluation, and community engagement with communities of color served by DCJ

This role is responsible for:

  • Leading the development of evaluation and implementation of Culturally Responsive, Community Based Participatory Research, and other Community Based deconstructed methodologies and Mixed Methods research/evaluation approaches.

  • Applying understanding of trauma-informed practices that actively resist traumatization/retraumatization of individuals and communities while performing program evaluation activities.

  • Engaging and training staff, internal and external partners, service recipients, and the community in the development of study instruments and protocols.

  • Leading the design, conduct, and management of large, complex, innovative, multi-stakeholder research/evaluation projects and long-term initiatives.

  • Application of understanding of cultures, customs, and social experiences of communities experiencing marginalization and barriers to opportunity, especially for communities of color program evaluation activities.

  • Utilizing innovative and complex data collection approaches including surveys, interviews, focus groups, observational studies, case studies, storytelling, and deconstructed methods to support community engagement, performance management, and research/evaluation goals

 Common tasks performed:

  • Identifying and substantiating program activities, outputs, outcomes, and design performance culturally appropriate measures to improve the cultural responsiveness of DCJ’s contractor performance management system.

  • Management of various complex projects/initiatives in collaboration with service providers and communities experiencing marginalization and barriers to opportunity, especially with communities of color.

  • Management of various projects/initiatives with an emphasis on using culturally responsive and person-centered approaches to project management.

  • Providing resources and training service providers, community partners, and staff to plan, implement, and oversee data collection processes and conduct analysis in a way that is responsive to the needs and preferences of different communities, especially communities of color.

  • Practicing knowledge of data sharing, management, and privacy best practices and regulations while collecting data and sharing processes.

  • Leading collaborations with DCJ colleagues to inform division and department data design, collection, analysis, sharing, and to support change utilizing a racial equity lens or framework.

The Department of Community Justice is looking for a Research & Evaluation Analyst, Senior who can demonstrate expertise in the following areas:

  • You have strong oral and written communication skills with the ability to build relationships in a culturally diverse environment and across many levels in the organization.

  • You have strong technical skills and knowledge of various methodologies.

  • You have a collaborative approach when working within a team.

  • You are a self-­directed planner with exceptional time-­management skills who exercises independent judgment to meet multiple project deadlines.

  • You demonstrate ethical research behavior when applying the principles of research and evaluation.


At Multnomah County we are committed to maintaining an effective, respectful and inclusive workplace. We value collaborative problem solving and strive for continuous improvement. We strongly believe in workforce equity, diversity and inclusion. Visit our Workforce Equity Strategies Plan (WESP) to see where Multnomah County is headed with these values.


Vision ~ Community Safety through Positive Change

 The Department of Community Justice (DCJ) is recognized as a national leader in both adult and juvenile community justice. DCJ routinely consults and makes use of evidence-based practices in our program and policy development. The Department's commitment to data-informed decision-making has led DCJ to make smart investments of taxpayer dollars in supervision, sanctions, and services for the county's highest risk and highest need justice-involved individuals. DCJ makes long-term investments in its employees through the provision of education and training. The Department believes that in order to enhance public safety we must work collaboratively with the judiciary, law enforcement, schools, treatment agencies, and the community.

The Department shares information with community members, partners, and staff to keep communities safe by preventing and reducing crime and routinely evaluating which local policies support best practices. DCJ operates 24 hours a day, with nearly 650 regular, on-call, and temporary employees. The Department supervises approximately 7,500 justice-involved individuals annually and those defendants requiring pretrial services. DCJ's Juvenile Services Division operates the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Facility and is responsible for approximately 500 youth on formal and informal community supervision.

More general information about the Department of Community Justice including our mission, vision, and strategies can be found at:

The Department of Community Justice's Strategic Plan (Executive Summary and Full report) can be found at:

Serving the Public, Even During Disasters

Every day, Multnomah County staff work together to serve as a safety net for our communities. During a disaster, this safety net becomes even more critical. All County employees have a role in serving the public during inclement weather, natural disaster, or other types of community emergency response. During these emergency responses, while typically there begins with a call for volunteers, county employees may ultimately be reassigned from their current position to a role in the emergency response in order to support the critical needs presented by our communities. For more information, please visit the Disaster Service Worker Information page.

Internal candidates: After you have applied, you will receive the Oregon Veteran Preference Questionnaire in your Workday inbox. Your application as an internal candidate is not complete until you fill out and submit the Oregon Veteran Preference Questionnaire.


We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying unless an item or section is labeled required. Please be clear and specific about how your background is relevant. For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of the selection process page.

Minimum Qualifications/Transferable Skills*:

  • Special Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSA):

    • Thorough knowledge and understanding of cultures, customs, and social experiences of communities experiencing marginalization and barriers to opportunity, especially in communities of color.

    • Experience in performing community-based research activities with communities of color and agencies who serve marginalized communities.

    • Thorough knowledge of how equity, inclusion, implicit bias, institutional racism, and other forms of systemic oppression apply to research and evaluation activities.


    • Equivalent to a master's degree, with major coursework in criminal justice, social sciences including studies in applied research or evaluation subjects, psychology, or a related field.


    • Four years of increasingly responsible applied research and/or evaluation experience, including experience leading research or evaluation projects

    • Must pass a thorough background investigation which includes, but is not limited to a review of applicant’s criminal, civil, driving, military, educational and employment history prior to employment.



$42.58 to $52.42 hourly

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